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Social Butterfly September 13th, 2007

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Ruth Emerson Turns 100!

Sunday marked a milestone in the life of Ruth Emerson -- she turned 100 years old (or I should say, 100 years young). Ruth was born in Denver, Colorado, on September 9, 1907, an only child. Her family moved to Texas, then to Joplin, Missouri. At age 17 Ruth started school at Kansas State Teachers College. In May 1930 she married Eric Emerson. They drove to Los Angeles where they lived for a short time, then moved to Escondido. In 1944 she taught 4th grade at Central School, and retired in 1952.

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Ruth Emerson (seated) with long-time members of the Palomar Medical Center Auxiliary,

(l-r) Vera Watson, Harriet Goldberg, Myrtle Johnson, Vera Lyles, and Nancy Lyon,

to join in the celebration of Ruth's 100th Birthday


Ruth and Eric had two daughters: Frances (deceased), and Mary Jane. She also has seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. To celebrate her birthday she wanted to go to the Del Mar Races, which she did two weeks ago and she won the first race. She also ran into her stockbroker there, and the bugle player played the Happy Birthday song for her.

On Saturday a birthday party was held in her honor at Redwood Terrace, where she has resided since August 1985. Her family was all there, and her great-grandchildren wrote a birthday song for her and sang it to the tune of "Blow Your Horn." For many years Ruth was involved with the gift shop at Redwood Terrace.

Ruth has been very active in the community; in the 1950's she and Eric helped raise funds for the construction of Palomar Memorial Hospital (now Palomar Medical Center) and Ruth helped to start, and was very active, with the Auxiliary.

History Center Celebrates "Grape Days"

Each year the Grape Day celebration gets larger - more booths, more food, more entertainment, and new events, in addition to the parade. This year some of the entertainment included "Full Deck" band, The Sophisticats, Georgia's Dance Studio, a Tap Class, and a Theme Song Contest. The History Center has some new items for sale, including tee-shirts, posters, books, and mugs. Booths of all kinds carried many different items; from jewelry to clothes to plants, to food. And community organizations also had a presence.

Kids enjoying a tree-like jungle gym during Grape Days

A memorial wall has been erected in Grape Day Park to honor our service members. Plaques can be purchased for $250 to be placed on the wall. The plaques will contain the name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service. On November 11 (Veteran's Day) there will be a dedication ceremony to honor all service members, and dedicate the wall and statues. For more information about this community project, call Gail Pruitt at 533.0608.

Comedy Night to Benefit Literacy Program

The Altrusa of Escondido Foundation is again hosting the annual Comedy Night, Laughs for Literacy, fundraiser on Thursday, September 20, at the Conference Center, California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Doors open at 6:30pm.

The three performers, including Emcee, Karen Rontowski, a full time comedienne for over ten years, from Los Angeles, will be Jackie Kashian and Chris Clobber. Jackie has her own website - www.jackiekashian.com, and Chris has performed locally and has been on Malcom in the Middle. In addition, there will be silent and live auctions.

A donation of $35 entitles you to an evening of fun and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the literacy programs in Escondido. Call Cynthia Chisum at 760.743.7996 for tickets or information.

Rockit Scientists Band to Perform at Rockin' in the Park

The Inland North County Soroptimist International is planning a Live! Fun, Family Oriented "Rockin in the Park" event on Sunday, September 23, at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre, Escondido. Gates open at 12Noon, and there will be a BBQ lunch, live musical entertainment, guest comedian, and singing and dancing to all your favorites of the 50's and 60's Rock 'N Roll era.

Enjoy the Rockit Scientists Band and guest comedian/MC Laura Jane. Bring the family and join the fun! Tickets are $35/adults; $20/children; with those under 3 free. For tickets or event information, call Janet at 760.839.6929 or Carolyn at 760.757.5746.

Russian Vocal Quartet to Perform at Methodist Church

Credo, a Russian vocal quartet, will present an hour-long program on Sunday, September 23, at 3pm, in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, 341 So. Kalmia St., Escondido. This group founded in 2000 by Irina Grinberg, will present the first half hour of sacred literature and the second half will be Russian folk music. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering taken. For directions and further information, call the Church office at 760.745.5100.

Assistance League Delivers Teddy Bears to Fire Department

The Assistance League of Inland North County recently delivered teddy bears to the Escondido Hills Fire Station as part of the chapter's Hug-A-Bear program. From there, the bears will be distributed to all Escondido Fire Stations where they will ride the trucks and ambulances to be given to children and the elderly in traumatic situations. Receiving the bears is Fire Fighter Paramedic Richard Humes, with Hug-A-Bear chairman, Kay Hammonds.

Receiving the bears is Fire Fighter Paramedic Richard Humes with Hug-A-Bear chairman Kay Hammonds.

The League also gives cuddly bears to the Escondido Police Department to carry in the patrol cars; the Humane Society to give to children who have been bitten by dogs, and to Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital to comfort children and seniors in traumatic situations. The Assistance League Hug-A-Bear program has been in operation since 1988. Last year 288 bears were distributed to provide needed comfort. For more information on this program and Assistance League call 760.746.7532 or online to www.assistanceleague.info.

Valley Center History Museum Repeating Historic Bus Tour

There's good news for the many people who were turned away from the popular bus tour of historic Valley Center. The event will be repeated on Saturday, September 29, with departures at 9am, 11:30am, and 2pm. Tickets for the event, at $20/person, are now available at the History Museum. A ticket order form can also be downloaded on the museum's website www.valleycenterhistory.org, or requested at 760.749.2993. The museum is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, and open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm-4pm.

Local historians will show guests the homes and ranches of celebrities, sites of Hollywood movies, the villa visited by the future King of England, the ranches that produced foals of famous thoroughbreds, one of the world's oldest flying fields, the homestead where the famous Grizzly Bear was captured, and many historic sites.

All tours will depart from Valley View Casino. Sarah Clayton, museum vice president, is supervising the tour and said the new dates were made possible when Valley View Casino offered additional buses at no cost to the museum. The tour buses are full size, air-conditioned, with large windows and restroom facilities.

Optimist Club Schedules Charity Golf Tournament

"The Achievers" Optimist Club of Carlsbad is having their annual Carl Tillinghast Golf Tournament on Monday, September 24, at the El Camino Country Club, 31202 Vista Way, Oceanside. The entry fee is $150/person, including green fees/cart, lunch, dinner, beverage tickets, live auction, contests, and awards. The MC/Auctioneer is "Russ" T. Nailz. Cy Young Award Winner, Randy Jones, will also take part in this fundraising project. Saturn of West 78 is sponsoring a Hole-in-One with a new Saturn. Reservations, with checks payable to Optimist Club of Carlsbad Foundation, should be mailed to Mike Gans, 3511 Ridgecrest Dr., Carlsbad, CA, 92008. For more information, call 760.994.6340.

Proceeds will support many of the Club's youth projects. Some of the major projects are Special Olympics, Childhood Cancer, Disadvantaged Youth Services, Essay and Oratorical contests, San Diego Marathon, Junior golf, Respect for Law, Stand Up for Youth, Kids are Worth a Million, and others.

Escondido DBA to Hold Festival Downtown

The Festival Escondido Downtown will be held on Saturday, October 13, and the headline and main stage acts have been named: Peter Sprague, "Pass The Drum" - Sprague was voted the Best Jazz Musician of the year 2000 by the San Diego Music Awards organization. Others are TJ Baden and Friends; Baja Blues Boys Duo, Cass and Billy, Peter Payone Quartet, and The Orbitz.

Tickets are available at the Downtown Business Association, 760.745.8877, or check the website at www.downtownescondido.com.
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